How to Remove Stain Around Bathtub Drain
LESLIE: Steve in North Carolina, you’ve got The Money Pit. How can we help you today?
STEVE: I have a cabin way out in the woods – small cabin out in the woods – and years ago, I built a bathroom on. And I put in a – I believe it is an iron base with a porcelain-coated tub. And I don’t use it that often but it has developed this very light-blue staining all around the drain and it has – it faded out. I’ve used bleach, I’ve – different cleaners. And I’m wondering, is there a painted surface or what is going on with that, if you might know?
TOM: It’s probably minerals from the water. Are you on a well, by any chance?
STEVE: It is, in fact. Yes, it is way out in the woods.
TOM: You may be getting some mineral salts from water – probably hard water – that are just evaporating and staying behind and then reacting with the drain metal material to kind of form that. I’ve seen that before. It’s almost fluorescent.
STEVE: Yeah. In older houses that I’ve been in, I’ve noticed that, that you will sometimes see that.
TOM: Yeah. The best thing to use is CLR Calcium Lime Rust Remover. That product is pretty effective at making the minerals go away. But you might find that if it’s worn the surface off of the drain and that sort of thing, that it just doesn’t clean very well anymore.
STEVE: Oh. OK. Well, thank you so – oh, and by the way, I wish you all would just every other show, play the trailer music and just let it play. I love that (inaudible at 0:13:07). I really do.
TOM: Well, thank you very much.
STEVE: “Live in a money pit.” The music is great.
TOM: Alright, Steve. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.